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Dr Alan Sabrosky - Redress. Published on 20 March 2010 at https://www.transcend.org/tms/?p=3837.
Dr Alan Sabrosky - Redress. Published on 20 March 2010 at https://www.transcend.org/tms/?p=3837.

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Dr Alan Sabrosky - Redress 
Published on 20 March 2010 at https://www.transcend.org/tms/?p=3837
 Alan Sabrosky considers the characteristics that differentiate Jewish nationalism fromother nationalisms, highlighting in particular its intrinsic extremism, its xenophobia,racism and militarism, its undermining of civic loyalty among its adherents in othercountries and its propensity to hatred and racial exclusivity.Israeli Prime MinisterBinyamin Netanyahu once remarked to a Likud gathering that "Israel is not likeother countries". Oddly enough for him, that time he was telling the truth, andnowhere is that more evident than with Jewish nationalism, whether or not one pinsthe "Zionist" label on it.Nationalism in most countries and cultures can have both positive and negativeaspects, unifying a people and sometimes leading them against their neighbours.Extremism can emerge, and often has, at least in part in almost everynationalist/independence movement I can recall (e.g. the French nationalist movementhad The Terror, Kenya's had the Mau Mau, etc.).But whereas extremism in other nationalist movements is an aberration, extremism in Jewish nationalism is the norm, pitting Zionist Jews (secular or observant) against thegoyim (everyone else), who are either possible predator or certain prey, if not bothsequentially. This does not mean that all Jews or all Israelis feel and act this way, byany means. But it does mean that Israel today is what it cannot avoid being, and whatit would be under any electable government (a point I'll develop in another article).The differences between Jewish nationalism (Zionism) and that of other countries andcultures here I think are fourfold:1. Zionism is a real witches' brew of xenophobia, racism, ultra-nationalism andmilitarism that places it way outside of a "mere" nationalist context— for example, when I was in Ireland (both parts) I saw no indicationwhatsoever that the Provisional Irish Republican Army or anyone else pressing for aunited Ireland had a shred of design on shoving Protestants into camps or out of thecountry, although there may well have been a handful who thought that way —and goes far beyond the misery for others professed by the Nazis;2. Zionism undermines civic loyalty among its adherents in other countries in a waythat other nationalist movements (and even ultra-nationalist movements like Nazism)did not — e.g. a large majority of American Jews, including those who are notopenly dual citizens, espouse a form of political bigamy called "dualloyalty" (to Israel and the US) that is every bit as dishonest as marital bigamy,attempts to finesse the precedence they give to Israel over the US (lots of RahmEmanuels out there who served in the Israeli army but NOT in the US armed forces),and has absolutely no parallel in the sense of national or cultural identity espoused byany other definable ethnic or racial group in America — even the Nazi Bund inthe US disappeared once Germany and the US went to war, with almost all of its
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Dr Alan Sabrosky - Redress 
Published on 20 March 2010 at https://www.transcend.org/tms/?p=3837
members volunteering for the US armed forces;3. The "enemy" of normal nationalist movements is the occupying powerand perhaps its allies, and once independence is achieved, normal relations with theoccupying power are truly the norm, but for Zionism almost everyone out there is anactual or potential enemy, differing only in proximity and placement on its very longlist of enemies (which is now America's target list); and4. Almost all nationalist movements (including the irredentist and secessionist variants) intend to create an independent state from a population in place or to reunitea separated people (like the Sudeten Germans in the 1930s) — it is very rare forit to include the wholesale displacement of another indigenous population, which is farmore common of successful colonialist movements as in the US — and perhapsa reason why most Americans wouldn't care too much about what the Israelis aredoing to the Palestinians even if they DID know about it, is because that is no differentthan what Europeans in North America did to the Indians/Native Americans here in alonger and more low-tech fashion.The implications of this for Middle East peace prospects, and for other countries inthrall to their domestic Jewish lobbies or not, are chilling. The Book of Deuteronomycome to life in a state with a nuclear arsenal would be enough to give pause to anyonenot bought or bribed into submission — which these days encompasses the USgovernment, given Israel's affinity for throwing crap into the face of the Obamaadministration and Obama's visible affinity for accepting it with a smile, BibiNetanyahu's own "Uncle Tom" come to Washington.The late General Moshe Dayan, who — Zionist or not — remains anhonoured part of my own Pantheon of military heroes, allegedly observed that Israel'ssecurity depended on its being viewed by others as a mad dog. He may have beencorrect. But he neglected to note that the preferred response of everyone else is to killthat mad dog before it can decide to go berserk and bite. It is an option worthconsidering._________________________Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D, University of Michigan) is a ten-year USMarine Corps veteran and a former director of studies at the US Army War College.He can be contacted at docbrosk@comcast.net.GO TO ORIGINAL – REDRESS  (Join the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign toprotest the Israeli barbaricsiege of Gaza, illegal occupation ofPalestine, the apartheid wall, and its inhuman anddegrading treatmentof the Palestinian people: DON'T BUY products whose BARCODEstarts with 72 9, which indicates that it is produced in Israel. DO YOUR PART! MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 7 2 9)
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